Today, we’re excited to announce the start of a new team member to our Information Centre. Please join us in welcoming Musarrat Begum!

Musarrat is our new Information Officer, and will be offering support to our membership through her role as librarian as well as divisional support for health and safety.

She brings with her a wealth of knowledge, holding a masters in Library Information Studies and degrees in teaching and education. She’s also a professionally registered member of LIANZA – the Library & Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa.

Manager Membership Services and Support Brian Low said “Her experience working in larger libraries of educational institutions such as Unitec, Auckland University, Massey University and Manukau Institute of Technology will be a real strength to HERA and our hopes to build up our resource offerings for members.”

Information Officer Musarrat Begum.

“We believe this, coupled with her strong skill base will also add value to each division’s scope of work. Particularly in terms of our various programs, such as the ANBCC and business research panel projects which are focused on delivering opportunities to our New Zealand metals-based industry.”

“Her proficiency in knowledge sharing really stood out to us. It will ensure we’re able to keep our staff up-to-date with the latest copyright legislation, information management and more. And, thanks to her language and research skills, she’ll also be able to assist our staff in their work too – ensuring they have more time free to dedicate to our members,” he said.

Musarrat’s exposure to the academic environment has also served her well in helping her work easily with diverse cultures and backgrounds, so we are sure she will fit in well with our equally diverse and driven team.

The timing couldn’t be better for her to start at HERA. As we work to develop and streamline our digital resource capabilities and process for our members, so they’re able to search our extensive library database for information that may inform their works. As a catalyst for innovation this is really important for us to achieve. We want our industry to be armed with the latest updates, standards, guidelines, best practice and research so they can push ‘conservative’ boundaries for their clients to deliver novel, efficient and cost effective solutions.

On asking Musarrat how she felt about her new role, she said “It’s really exciting to be part of a leading organisation in research and development of steel based engineering projects.”

“I’m confident my experience and knowledge in librarianship, skills in academic research resources and methods will contribute to the success of HERA’s projects.  I’m also a proponent for our clients, staff and workplace health and safety wellness and hope to promote, inform and advise in these areas as opportunities arise.”

“I believe working at HERA will be a most rewarding experience for me as it will offer a challenging and professionally stimulating environment to work in.”